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Civil War Stories

  2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield and other dates in American Civil war history. To help commemorate those events we are highlighting some fiction titles about the Civil War. While there several famous authors or titles about the civil war, the focus of this list are titles that might not be as familiar. Enjoy the history and the settings of Civil War America.


 Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini.

In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown.


 My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira.

Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother's pleas for her to return home.


 Amalgamation Polka by Stephen Wright.

Born in 1844 in upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the son of abolitionists as well as the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause. Thus follows a childhood  with fugitive slaves moving through hidden passageways in the house, and the inevitable distress that befalls his mother whenever letters arrive from her parents.


Morkan's Quarry : a novel by Steve Yates

Michael Morkan is a man of determination and vision who finds it all torn asunder in 1861. As the Civil War settles in on Springfield, Morkan loses his quarry, his son and his love, Cora Slade.



  All other nights by Dara Horn.

On Passover in 1862, Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself?


Escape from Andersonville by Gene Hackman.

July 1864. Union officer Nathan Parker has been imprisoned at nightmarish Andersonville prison camp in Georgia along with his soldiers. As others die around them, Nathan and his men hatch a daring plan to escape


Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead.

When 14-year-old Robey Child is sent by his mother to search for his father, a doomed soldier, he witnesses the horrors of war both on and off the battlefield. Riding a talismanic coal black horse, he embarks upon a life-altering journey that will challenge him.


Bright starry banner  by Alden R. Carter.

December 30, 1862, outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee: the 43,000 men of General William Starke Roscecrans’s Army of the Cumberland faced the 38,000 Confederate soldiers of General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee. It had been a dismal month for the Union.


 Homeland by Barbara Hambly.

Two women--southerner Susanna Ashford and northerner Cora Poole--exchange letters throughout the Civil War, writing about the ordeal of a familiar world torn apart by tragedy, about books and art, about loss and longing, about their future and the future of their country, about love, about being a woman in nineteenth-century America.


Murder at Manassas by  Michael Kilian.

Gambler, horse trader, and investor Harrison Grenville Raines was the last person to see a Northern major before he was killed fleeing the Rebels at the historic Battle of Bull Run. But this seeming act of cowardice is actually a cold-blooded murder, and Harrison is willing to cross the lines between North and South to prove it


Enemy women by Paulette Jiles.

For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri, the War between the States is a plague that threatens devastation, despite the family's avowed neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, it is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. The treachery of a fellow traveler, however, brings about her arrest, and she is caged with the criminal and deranged in a filthy women's prison.




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